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Ray Cook Back in DART Winternationals Victory Lane at East Bay Raceway Park

Ray Cook
Ray Cook

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TAMPA, FL (February 15, 2012) – Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC returned to victory lane at East Bay Raceway Park on Wednesday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. The win was his first in 12 years as he captured the $7,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. Cook took the lead for good on lap 31 from Steve Francis of Ashland, KY to win the DART Winternationals event. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA passed Francis on the final lap to finish second. Francis, who ran the last laps of the race with a flat right front tire barely edged out Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN for third. Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL rounded out the top five.

In a spirited race for the top spot, three drivers took turns at leading the event with Davenport leading the first four laps until Francis took over the lead. Francis held the point until Cook, who started fourth took the lead for the first time in the race on lap 15. Cook and Francis then battled in traffic until Francis forged back ahead on lap 23. Francis then saw his right front tire start to lose air as Cook got by him for good on lap 31.

“It just goes to show you that anything with the Lord is possible,” said the elated Cook in victory lane. “These MasterSbilt Race Cars have run good the first nights with O’Neal winning, this whole team has been working extremely hard, Gary Winger with Integra Shocks, American Racer Tires, there has been a lot of people working a long time to finally get back in victory lane here and we finally did it,” said Cook who posted his tenth career win in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition.

Reminiscing on his first and only win at East Bay 12 years ago, Cook said, “We started 21st and it was a 100-lapper, this year we’ve started off great and we hope to continue the momentum the rest of the season,” said the 40-year-old.

Don O’Neal, who was trying to win three in a row this week jumped the cushion in turn two on the first lap and slipped back to fifth. Cook, who started behind O’Neal took advantage of O’Neal’s slip. “Any time you get a chance to get by O’Neal you take it, he’s been running so well this week.”

Cook’s D&R Motorsports number 53 is sponsored by A+ Moving and Storage, VP Racing Fuels, Keyser Mfg., GW Performance, PRCF, Hicks, Ingle Company, and Superior Cleaning.

Davenport got by Francis on the final circuit to secure second in the Clint Bowyer Motorsports, Roush-Yates Racing Engines, Barry Wright Toyota. Francis in the Valvoline, Clements Racing Engines, Barry Wright Chevrolet barely hung on for third over Bloomquist in the Hawkeye Trucking, Roush-Yates Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. Erb, who started 14th, finished fifth in his McBride Mack, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars entry.

Completing the top ten were Eric Jacobsen of Seacliffe Beach, CA; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Terry Casey of New London, WI; Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH; and Randy Korte of Highland, IL.

In preliminary action Don O’Neal was the Red Buck Cigar Fast Qualifier among the 45 entrants. Heat race winners were Jonathan Davenport, O’Neal, Steve Francis, and Ray Cook. The B-mains were taken by Duke Whiseant and Chris Brown. The PRC Strawberry Dash was won by Josh McGuire.

Awaiting the excited competitors in tomorrow night, Thursday, February 16th will be another $7,000 to win show for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series DART Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Wednesday Night, February 15, 2012

36th Annual DART Winternationals

East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:

Jonathan Davenport/ 14.820 seconds (Group A)

Don O’Neal / 14.694 seconds (Group B and Overall)

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jonathan Davenport, Terry Casey, Austin Hubbard, Dillan White, Bobby Pierce, Jackie Nosbisch, Jay Morris, Scott James, Danny Mitchell, Doug Blashe, Todd Frank, Justin Rattliff

U. S. Steel Second Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Eric Jacobsen, Mark Andersen, Kevin Weaver, Duke Whiseant, Chad Hollenbeck, Jared Landers, Travis Varnadore, James O’Hara, Shannon Babb, Pat Ehlert

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Randy Korte, Dennis Erb, Jr., Daniel Stone, Eric Wells, Victor Lee, Tyler Reddick, Shane Cottle, Scott Creel, Tim Lance, Shelby Miles

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Ray Cook, John Blankenship, Jason Riggs, Donnie Moran, Chris Brown, Brandon Sheppard, Morgan Bagley, Leon Henderson, Terry Naugle, Chad Stapleton, Josh McGuire

JRi Shocks First B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Duke Whiseant, Dillan White, Bobby Pierce, Jared Landers, Chad Hollenbeck, James O’Hara, Doug Blashe, Todd Frank, Scott James , Pat Ehlert, Travis Varnadore, Danny Mitchell, Shannon Babb-DNS, Jay Morris-DNS, Justin Rattliff-DNS

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Chris Brown, Eric Wells, Daniel Stone, Tyler Reddick, Brandon Sheppard, Scott Creel, Victor Lee, Leon Henderson, Josh McGuire, Shane Cottle, Tim Lance, Chad Stapleton, Terry Naugle, Morgan Bagley, Shelby Miles

PRC Strawberry Dash Presented by DirtonDirt.com (Laps- Winner Advances): Josh McGuire, Scott Creel, Tim Lance, Travis Varnadore, Pat Ehlert, Leon Hernderson.

Feature Finish – 35 Laps:

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 4 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
2 1 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
3 3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
4 6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
5 14 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
6 7 5J Eric Jacobsen Watsonville, CA
7 8 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
8 5 42c Terry Casey New London, WI
9 16 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH
10 10 81x Randy Korte Highland, IL
11 11 85 Mark Andersen Blanchard, MI
12 23 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
13 13 01 Jackie Nosbisch Valrico, FL
14 19 54W Dillan White Crofton, KY
15 20 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
16 21 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
17 18 21CB Chris Brown Spring, TX
18 25 b5 Brandon Sheppard Berlin, IL
19 2 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN
20 22 21d Daniel Stone Thompson, PA
21 15 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
22 24 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
23 26 41 Josh McGuire Grayson, KY
24 17 A1 Duke Whiseant Texarkana, AR
25 12 81JR Jason Riggs Harrisburg, IL
26 9 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE

Race Statistics

Entrants: 46

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 1 – 5); Steve Francis (Laps 5 – 14); Ray Cook (Laps 15 – 22); Steve Francis (Laps 23 – 30); Ray Cook (Laps 31 – 35);

Caution Flags: Austin Hubbard (Lap 5)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a

DirtonDirt.com Fast Time Provisional: Brandon Sheppard

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: n/a

Performance Bodies First Non-Qualifier: Scott Creel

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jared Landers (Started 23rd; Finished 12th; Advanced 11 positions)

Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Donnie Moran

ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Ray Cook

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: n/a

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Race Engine Design

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: MasterSbilt Race Cars

Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: John Sexton (Ray Cook)

Time of Race: 16 minutes 47 seconds

 

DART Winternationals Point Standings:

POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 71 Don O’Neal 655
2 0 Scott Bloomquist 625
3 53 Ray Cook 590
3 15 Steve Francis 590
3 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. 590
6 23 John Blankenship 580
7 5J Eric Jacobsen 570
7 81x Randy Korte 570
9 42c Terry Casey 520
10 21d Daniel Stone 495

2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Schedule 

Venue

Track City, State To Win

13-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$5,000

14-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$5,000

15-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$7,000

16-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$7,000

17-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$10,000

18-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$10,000

24-Mar

Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN

$10,000

30-Mar

Jackson Motor Speedway Jackson, MS

$10,000

31-Mar

Lonestar Speedway Kilgore, TX

$10,000

13,14-Apr

Virginia Motor Speedway Saluda, VA

$25,000

20-Apr

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Markleysburg, PA

$10,000

21-Apr

Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown, MD

$10,000

4-May

Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL

$10,000

5-May

Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY

$10,000

11-May

Hartford Motor Speedway Hartford, MI

$10,000

12-May

La Salle Speedway La Salle, IL

$10,000

18,19-May

Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville, AR

$20,000

25,26-May

Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO

$30,000

1-Jun

Tazewell Speedway Tazewell, TN

$10,000

2-Jun

Florence Speedway Florence, KY

$10,000

22-Jun

Cherokee Speedway Gaffney, SC

$10,000

23-Jun

Wythe Raceway Rural Retreat, VA

$10,000

1-Jul

Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth, OH

$10,000

3-Jul

Muskingum County Speedway Zanesville, OH

$10,000

6,7-Jul

Magnolia Motor Speedway Columbus, MS

$20,000

13-Jul

Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL

$10,000

14-Jul

Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO

$10,000

20,21-Jul

I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE

$25,000

24-Jul

Stateline Speedway Busti, NY

$10,000

25-Jul

Utica Rome Speedway Vernon, NY

$10,000

26-Jul

Fonda Speedway Fonda, NY

$10,000

28-Jul

Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown, MD

$10,000

10,11-Aug

Florence Speedway Florence, KY

$50,000

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